Gordon Brown’s government has suffered a shock defeat in the Commons on its policy of restricting the right of former Gurkhas to settle in the UK.

MPs voted by 267 to 246 in favour of a Lib Dem motion that all Gurkhas be offered an equal right of residence.

Tory leader David Cameron backed the Lib Dem motion to scrap rules which leader Nick Clegg called “shameful”.

Mr Brown’s first significant defeat as PM came despite last minute concessions being offered to rebel Labour MPs.

via BBC NEWS | Politics | Brown defeated over Gurkha rules.

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